JP2000175092A - Communication equipment, image pickup device, communication system and storage medium - Google Patents

Communication equipment, image pickup device, communication system and storage medium

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JP2000175092A
JP2000175092A JP11237191A JP23719199A JP2000175092A JP 2000175092 A JP2000175092 A JP 2000175092A JP 11237191 A JP11237191 A JP 11237191A JP 23719199 A JP23719199 A JP 23719199A JP 2000175092 A JP2000175092 A JP 2000175092A
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Satoshi Ishiguro
Hiroshi Sonobe
啓 園部
聡 石黒
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Abstract

(57) [Problem] To provide a communication device which improves portability, operability, and immediacy, and efficiently transmits a captured image. A communication device having an imaging function is provided.
When a predetermined operation is instructed by a user's operation on the operation unit 132, the control unit 160
Simultaneously with the imaging operation by the imaging function 110, the communication unit 150
(Wireless communication etc.) operation is started. Thus, the captured image obtained by the imaging function 110 is automatically transmitted to the designated destination via the communication unit 150. This allows the user to perform a simple operation such as switching the operation mode of the device to a predetermined mode,
The captured image can be immediately sent to a destination to which the image is to be transmitted.

Description

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0001]

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention The present invention relates to, for example, a technique used for an apparatus or a system having an image capturing function and a communication function, and more particularly to a technique for wirelessly transmitting image information obtained by the image capturing function by a communication function. is there.

[0002]

2. Description of the Related Art Conventionally, an image obtained by an image pickup device such as a digital camera has been used in a portable telephone or a PHS (Personal H
In the case of wireless transmission to a server or the like at a remote place by a communication device such as an andyphon system), the following method is generally used. For example, as shown in FIG. 12, a digital camera 501 and a notebook personal computer (hereinafter referred to as “notebook PC”) 502 are connected to a cable 50.
4 (or PC card) and connect to the notebook PC 50
2 and the mobile phone 503 are also connected using the cable 504. Then, the captured image obtained by the digital camera 501 is transferred to the notebook PC 502 once, and then transferred to the mobile phone 503. Therefore, as shown in FIG. 13, the captured image transferred to the mobile phone 503 is wirelessly transmitted to the server 507 at a remote place via the general public network 506. However, such a method has an advantage that a conventional device can be used as it is, but as a disadvantage,
There has been a problem that the configuration is complicated and portability and operability are impaired.

In order to solve the above problem, for example, as shown in FIG. 14, a multifunction peripheral 510 having an imaging function such as a digital camera and a communication function such as a mobile phone or a PHS has been proposed. . As shown in FIG. 14, the multifunction device 510 includes a lens 511 for forming a subject light on an image sensor such as a CCD, a shutter switch (shutter button) 512, and a switch group including a plurality of operation switches. 513, a color liquid crystal 514 for displaying a captured image obtained by the image sensor, and a communication antenna 515. In such a multifunction peripheral 510, processing from photographing of a subject to wireless transmission of a captured image obtained thereby to a server is performed in accordance with, for example, the flowcharts of FIGS.

First, the user operates a predetermined operation switch of a switch group 513 (see FIG. 15),
The multifunction peripheral 510 is set to the photographing mode, the start of the photographing operation is instructed, and the shutter switch 51 is released at a desired timing.
2 is pressed (step S521).

[0005] As a result, an interrupt occurs in the multifunction peripheral 510 (step S522). Then, the captured image signal of the subject obtained by the image sensor is temporarily taken into the image buffer memory (step S523). The captured image signal taken into the image buffer memory is subjected to various corrections for brightness, white balance, etc.
Format conversion to a JPEG format or the like is performed (step S524). The captured image data formed through such a process is finally stored in the storage memory (step S525).

Next, when transmitting the captured image data obtained by the multifunction peripheral 510 to a server at a remote location as shown in FIG.
By operating a predetermined operation switch of the MFP 510,
Is set to the transmission mode (step S531). The operation for mode switching here is performed by the switch group 513.
May be performed on the menu screen of the color liquid crystal 514 in place of the above. Step S531 may be performed after step S534 described below.

As a result, in the multifunction peripheral 510, reading of the captured image data stored in the storage memory is started (step S532). Then, the read captured image data is displayed on the screen of the color liquid crystal 514 (step S533).

[0008] The user operates a predetermined operation switch of the switch group 513 to select an image to be transmitted from the captured image displayed on the screen of the color liquid crystal 514 (step S534). The selection of the image at this time may be one image, a plurality of images, or all the images stored in the storage memory. Further, the user operates a predetermined operation switch of the switch group 513 to select a destination server to which the image selected in step S534 is transmitted (step S535). At this time, the server is selected in advance by the MFP 5
For example, a method of selecting from telephone directory data stored inside 10 or directly inputting the telephone number of the other party by the switch group 513 is used.

When the operation of the user in steps S534 and S535 is recognized by the multifunction device 510, the multifunction device 510 performs a process for confirming the image to be transmitted and the transmission destination to the user. (Step S53
6) As a result, when there is an instruction of “OK” by the switch group 513 or the like from the user, the next step S53
7 is actually executed. If the instruction from the user is "NG", step S5
Returning to 34, the processing from the determination of the image to be transmitted is executed.

That is, first, a procedure (for example, if the communication function of the device is PHS, “PIAFS: PHS Internet Acces”
s Forum Standard ”).
A call is made to the public network (step S537). As a result, whether or not a call can be received is returned from the destination server to the multifunction peripheral 510.

[0011] Then, as a result of confirming whether or not a call can be received from the server (step S538), if the server can be called, after negotiation processing is performed with each other,
The connection between the MFP 510 and the server device is established (step S539). The negotiation between the MFP 510 and the server is completed, and the TCP / IP (Transmission Control
When communication according to a protocol such as Protocol / Internet Protocol is enabled, the MFP 510 executes a process of transmitting the image selected in step S534 to the server (step S540). At this time, error processing during communication, retransmission processing, and the like are performed according to the procedure determined by the type of the multifunction peripheral 510 in step S537, and after all the images have been transmitted,
Upon receiving the reception completion message from the server (step S541), the communication with the server ends (step S542).

On the other hand, as a result of confirming whether or not a call can be received from the server (step S538), if the server cannot receive the call, that is, if the server rejects the call for reasons such as vices (step S543), In the multifunction peripheral 510, a process of displaying a message to that effect on the screen is performed (step S544). In this case, the user needs to try to reconnect after a while.

[0013]

The above-mentioned FIG.
The background of the proposal of the multifunction peripheral 510 as described in (1) is that there is a demand for improvement of immediacy by transmitting images on the spot, in addition to portability and operability.
To do this, the steps to send the captured image are:
It is desired to be as simple as possible.

However, in the conventional MFP 510,
As shown in FIG. 16 described above, in order to transmit the captured image obtained in the shooting mode to the server, the user needs to execute step S531 (mode switching operation), step S534 (transmission image selection operation), and step S534. At least three switch operations in S535 (transmission destination selection operation) were required. This is not a problem when immediacy is not required, such as when the stored images are later transmitted to the server all at once, but for example, only one image of the subject in front of you is urgently needed. However, when it is desired to transmit the data to the server or the like, it becomes very complicated. Also, not only one,
Even if it is desired to sequentially transmit the images to the server while performing the image capturing continuously, the image capturing must be temporarily interrupted for the transmission, and there is a possibility that a photo opportunity is missed during this time.

The present invention has been made in order to eliminate the above-mentioned drawbacks, and has improved a portability, an operability, and an immediacy, and a communication device for efficiently transmitting a captured image. It is an object of the present invention to provide a storage medium in which an apparatus, a communication system, and processing steps for executing the apparatus are readable by a computer.

[0016]

For such a purpose,
According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image capturing unit that captures an image of a subject to obtain a captured image, an operation unit for instructing a predetermined operation, and communicates with a destination to transmit the captured image obtained by the image capturing function. It is characterized by comprising communication means for transmitting first and control means for starting each operation of the imaging means and the communication means based on a predetermined operation being instructed by the operation means.

According to a second aspect, in the first aspect,
The communication means performs wireless communication.

According to a third aspect, in the first aspect,
The control means controls the communication means so as to disconnect the communication with the transmission destination after a predetermined time has elapsed after the transmission of the captured image is completed.

According to a fourth aspect, in the first aspect,
The image processing apparatus further includes a storage unit for storing a captured image obtained by the imaging function, wherein the communication unit includes a detection unit that detects a communication state with the transmission destination, and the control unit includes:
The captured image is temporarily stored in the storage unit based on a detection result by the detection unit.

According to a fifth aspect, in the fourth aspect,
The control means temporarily stores the captured image in the storage means when communication is impossible according to the detection result of the detection means, and stores the captured image in the storage means when communication becomes possible. The transmission is performed by the communication means.

According to a sixth aspect based on the fourth aspect,
The control means performs control for performing the operation of the detection means and the above operation based on the detection result of the detection means in parallel with the normal operation.

According to a seventh aspect of the present invention, there is provided an image pickup apparatus having a communication function of transmitting a picked-up image obtained by picking up an image of a subject, comprising: operating means for instructing a predetermined operation; Is provided with control means for starting the above-mentioned imaging operation and the operation of the above-mentioned communication function based on the instruction of.

According to an eighth aspect based on the seventh aspect,
The communication function is characterized by performing wireless communication.

According to a ninth aspect, in the seventh aspect,
The control means controls the communication function so as to disconnect the communication with the transmission destination after a predetermined time has elapsed after the transmission of the captured image is completed.

In a tenth aspect based on the seventh aspect, the apparatus further comprises a storage unit for storing the captured image, wherein the communication function includes a detection unit for detecting a communication state with a transmission destination of the captured image. Wherein the control means temporarily stores the captured image in the storage means based on a detection result by the detection means.

In an eleventh aspect based on the tenth aspect, the control means temporarily stores the captured image in the storage means when communication is impossible according to the detection result of the detection means, and When it becomes possible, the captured image stored in the storage means is transmitted by the communication function.

In a twelfth aspect based on the tenth aspect, the control means performs the operation of the detection means and the operation based on the detection result of the detection means in parallel with the normal operation. Control for the purpose.

[0028] A thirteenth invention is a communication system for communicating at least between a first device and a second device, wherein at least one of the first device and the second device is a communication system. A communication device according to any one of claims 1 to 6, or an imaging device according to any one of claims 7 to 12.

A fourteenth invention is a storage medium in which a processing step for transmitting a captured image obtained by capturing an image of a subject to a designated destination is readable by a computer. Starts an imaging operation of the subject and a communication operation with the transmission destination based on an instruction of a predetermined operation from the user, and transfers the captured image obtained by the imaging operation to the transmission destination. And transmitting the data to the computer.

In a fifteenth aspect based on the fourteenth aspect, the processing step further includes a step of wirelessly communicating with the transmission destination.

In a sixteenth aspect based on the fourteenth aspect, the processing step is such that when a predetermined operation is instructed by the user, a predetermined time has elapsed after the completion of transmission of the captured image. The method further includes the step of disconnecting communication with the transmission destination.

In a seventeenth aspect based on the fourteenth aspect, the processing step includes a detecting step of detecting a communication state with the transmission destination, and storing the captured image in a memory based on a detection result of the detecting step. And a storage step of temporarily storing the data in the storage device.

In an eighteenth aspect based on the seventeenth aspect, the processing step includes the step of, if the communication state is a state unsuitable for transmitting the captured image, based on a result of the detection by the detection step. Storing the captured image in the memory to the transmission destination when the communication state is restored to a state suitable for transmitting the captured image according to the detection result of the detection step. Transmitting.

In a nineteenth aspect based on the seventeenth aspect, the processing step further includes a step of executing the detection step and the storage step in parallel with a processing step for normal processing. It is characterized by.

[0035]

Embodiments of the present invention will be described below with reference to the drawings.

(First Embodiment) The present invention provides, for example,
It is applied to a multifunction peripheral 100 as shown in FIG. The appearance of the multifunction peripheral 100 is the same as that of the conventional multifunction peripheral 510 shown in FIG. 14, but a specific switch operation is performed to switch to a certain mode that the conventional multifunction peripheral 510 does not have. different. In this mode, when the shutter switch 512 is pressed, the MFP 100 performs a shooting operation, and at the same time, the MFP 100 itself automatically connects to a public network and transmits a captured image to a remote server. It has been made like that. Here, this mode is referred to as “direct transmission mode”. Hereinafter, the MFP 100 will be specifically described.

The multifunction peripheral 100 has an imaging function such as a digital camera and a communication function such as a PHS and a mobile phone. As shown in FIG.
0, peripheral section 130, liquid crystal display section 140, communication control section 15
0 and a main control unit 160.

The image pickup section 110 includes a lens unit 111 including a plurality of lenses including an image pickup lens and an aperture, an image pickup element (here, a CCD) 112 into which subject light enters via the lens unit 111, and a lens unit 111. Motor 115 driving the CCD, and a CCD
A CCD board 113 for driving the
A motor controller 115 controls the motor 115 and the CCD board 113. The camera controller 114 operates according to the control from the main control unit 160.

The image processing unit 120 is a CPU for image processing.
121 and a buffer memory 122 for storing the captured image obtained by the imaging unit 110.

The peripheral section 130 includes a switch group 132 including various operation switches and a shutter switch 512, a power supply section 133 for turning on / off the power of the multifunction peripheral 100,
An external input / output unit 134 for inputting / outputting image information to / from the outside by the NTSC system or the like, and a controller (control microcomputer) 131 for controlling these units

The liquid crystal display section 140 is a color liquid crystal (LCD)
The LCD includes a monitor 141 (corresponding to the color liquid crystal 514 in FIG. 14), a backlight / inverter 142 of the LCD monitor 141, and a controller (LCD controller) 143 for controlling these.

The communication control unit 150 establishes a connection with the other party by performing outgoing and incoming operations determined in accordance with the type of the multifunction peripheral 100 with respect to the public network, and establishes a TCP / TCP connection.
In accordance with a protocol such as IP, image data is sent to a network, and a request from a partner
The control signal is converted into a control signal and transmitted. Therefore, the communication control unit 150 includes a communication controller 151 for controlling the communication operation and a communication controller 151 for controlling the communication operation.
And the serial ports 1 connected to the communication buffer memory 152 respectively.
53, IrDA port 154, and RF modulator 1
55 and an antenna 156 for transmission and reception connected to the RF modulator 155.

The main control unit 160 centrally manages the imaging unit 110, the image processing unit 120, the peripheral unit 130, the liquid crystal display unit 140, and the communication control unit 150. A flash memory 162 for storing a destination address, and a buffer memory 163 used as a work area for image processing in the image processing unit 120.
And a program memory 164 in which processing programs for various controls are stored in advance. The flash memory 162, buffer memory 163, and program memory 164 are each connected to the main CPU 161.

In the above-described multifunction peripheral 100, the processing from imaging the subject by the imaging unit 110 to transmitting the captured image to the server is shown in the flowchart of FIG. Hereinafter, this processing will be described.

Here, a case where the multifunction peripheral 100 operates in the direct transmission mode, which is the most characteristic, will be specifically described. Generally, wireless communication via a public network is
Surrounding radio conditions, distance to the nearest base station, or
The state of the MFP 100 itself (whether it is stationary or moving)
Etc., but here, for simplicity of explanation,
It is assumed that there are no such fluctuation factors. Further, it is assumed that the disconnection during communication after the connection with the transmission destination server is once established does not occur.

First, the user operates the predetermined operation switch of the switch group 132 to set the multifunction peripheral 100 to the direct transmission mode. The operation at this time is performed in the peripheral portion 13.
0 through the main controller 160 via the controller 131
The multifunction peripheral 100 operates in the direct transmission mode.

Further, the user can input, for example, the LCD monitor 1
From the screen shown in FIG. 3 (hereinafter, referred to as a “destination selection screen”) displayed at 41, a server of the transmission destination is selected. The screen display at this time is performed by the LCD controller 143.
Is performed under the control of. More specifically, the user operates a predetermined operation switch of the switch group 132 in advance, and transmits a destination server (here, server) to the multifunction peripheral 100.
A, server B, server C, server D, ...) location (Lo
cation) and phone number (Number). This registration information is stored in a database configured in the flash memory 162 of the main control unit 160 via the controller 131 of the peripheral unit 130. Therefore, the registration information stored in this database is read out,
This is displayed on the LCD monitor 141 as a destination selection screen. As shown in FIG. 3, the destination selection screen includes a field 301 for displaying the name of the server, a field 302 for displaying the location of the server, a field 303 for displaying the telephone number of the server, and a user name and password. (Not shown) along with the "SELECT" key,
Operation key section 30 such as "OK" key and "CANCEL" key
5 and a cursor 304. The user operates the operation key unit 30 on such a destination selection screen.
Using the various keys 5 and the cursor 304, the server of the transmission destination is selected and determined. In the above Figure 3, "server A"
Indicates a selected state. Such an operation is recognized by the main CPU 161 of the main control unit 160 via the LCD controller 143 of the liquid crystal display unit 140.

Note that the above-described destination selection process is performed by the multifunction device 1
00 may be directly switched to the transmission mode,
Alternatively, another mode may be set in advance. In any case, before the shutter switch 512 is pressed, it is assumed that the destination server has already been selected and determined. If not determined, for example, at the time of switching to the direct transmission mode, or when the shutter switch 5
When the button 12 is depressed, the fact is displayed on the LCD monitor 141 to notify the user. Alternatively, the user is notified by a warning sound or the like.

As described above, when the multifunction peripheral 100 is set to the direct transmission mode, the destination server is selected, and the user presses the shutter switch 512 of the switch group 132 (step S201). Peripheral part 1
Main controller 160 via the controller 131
Is interrupted to the main CPU 161 (step S202). Thereby, the CCD 1 of the imaging unit 110
Twelve output signals (captured image signals)
(Step S203). Image processing unit 12
At 0, the image processing CPU 121 temporarily stores the captured image signal from the imaging unit 110 in the buffer memory 122, and performs various correction processes on brightness, white balance, and the like in the captured image signal. After that, in the main control unit 160, the main CPU 161 converts the captured image signal subjected to various correction processes in the image processing unit 120 into J.
The format is converted into a PEG format or the like, and the obtained captured image data is stored in the flash memory 160 (step S205).

Therefore, in the main control section 160, the main CPU 161 determines which mode the MFP 100 is currently set in (step S206). If the result of this determination is that the multifunction peripheral 100 has been set to the direct transmission mode, the processing from the next step S208 is executed. On the other hand, when the multifunction peripheral 100 is set to a mode other than the direct transmission mode, that is, the normal transmission mode, the main CPU 161 operates the entire multifunction peripheral 100 to operate according to the flowchart shown in FIG. Control is performed (step S207).

When the multifunction peripheral 100 is set to the direct transmission mode, the main control unit 160
U161 checks the current radio wave condition via the communication control unit 150 (step S208). This step S208
As a result, if transmission is possible (“OK”), the next step S
The processing from 210 is executed. On the other hand, outgoing calls are not possible ("N
G "), the main CPU 161 causes the color liquid crystal 143 of the liquid crystal display unit 140 to display a message indicating that (communication is not possible) or the like (step S209). In step S209, instead of displaying that communication is not possible,
The user may be notified of this by a warning sound or the like.

If the state of the radio wave can be transmitted, in the same way as in steps S537 to S539 shown in FIG. 16, in the multifunction peripheral 100, a call to the public network and an incoming call are performed (step S210). . Note that the flow from this call to connection to the public network and the negotiation process with the destination server after the call differs depending on the communication method and the protocol used, so here, the destination server simply responds to the call. It is determined only whether or not it has occurred. If the destination server does not respond to the incoming call because the communication port of the destination server is busy or the like, the multifunction device 100 is returned with a busyness. In this case, the main CPU 161 sends a message (communication disabled) indicating the fact to the liquid crystal display 140
The display on the color liquid crystal 143 or the warning sound
Operation control for notifying the user is performed (step S2)
11). Therefore, only when the incoming call and the negotiation are performed normally and the communication between the multifunction peripheral 100 and the destination server is established, the processing steps from the next step S212 are executed.

When the communication between the multifunction peripheral 100 and the destination server is established by the calling and incoming call processing in step S210, the main control unit 160 causes the main CPU 161 to operate.
Moves the captured image data in the flash memory 162 to the buffer memory 163 once (step S21).
2). Then, the main CPU 161 decomposes the captured image data (which is assumed to be JPEG image data) in the buffer memory 163 into packets conforming to a protocol such as TCP / IP, and divides the packet data into the communication unit 150.
(Step S213).

In the communication section 150, the communication controller 151 converts the packet data from the main control section 160 according to a procedure (here, a transmission control procedure such as “PIAFS”) determined by the type of the multifunction peripheral 100. The packet data is converted, and the converted packet data is stored in the communication buffer memory 152 (step S214).
The packet data in the communication buffer memory 152 is R
After being converted into a frequency band suitable for the device by the F module 155, the frequency band is transmitted to the base station via the antenna 156, and transmitted to the destination server through the public network (step S215). In the server receiving this, the captured image is restored through the reverse procedure in the multifunction peripheral 100.

When the transmission of the packet data (captured image data) in the communication buffer memory 152 is completed, the main CPU 161 of the main control unit 160 recognizing the completion of the transmission,
A disconnection request is issued to the communication controller 819 of the communication unit 150. Thereby, the communication controller 819
Performs a communication termination process according to a predetermined procedure in the same manner as the above-described process at the time of calling (step S216).

As described above, in this embodiment, as soon as the shutter switch 512 is pressed, communication with a remote server via the public network is automatically performed. Has a configuration in which a direct transmission mode of automatically transmitting a captured image is provided, so that the user simply performs a simple operation of switching the mode of the multifunction peripheral 100 to the direct transmission mode. The captured image obtained by shooting can be immediately transmitted to a server to which the image is to be transmitted. Therefore, the user does not need to repeatedly perform operations such as selection of a transmission image, switching to a transmission mode, selection of a transmission destination, and the like every time a captured image is transmitted, unlike the related art.

When the above-described multifunction peripheral 100 is applied for relaying or the like, that is, when it is not always necessary to store a captured image in the main body of the multifunction peripheral 100, steps S205 and S212 in FIG. Thus, the process of writing to the flash memory 162 and the process of reading from the flash memory 162 to the buffer memory 163 are unnecessary. In such a case, for example, the buffer memory 163 may be configured with a higher-speed buffer memory, and the captured image may be directly transmitted to the server via the communication unit 150 using the buffer memory 163. Then, the memory area for storing images in the multifunction peripheral 100 can be efficiently used without waste.

(Second Embodiment) In this embodiment,
In addition to the configuration in the first embodiment described above, in the direct transmission mode, when the time from the first depression of the shutter switch 512 to the next depression of the shutter switch 512 is within a predetermined time. Is configured to skip calling and receiving processes. In this case, the process in the multifunction peripheral 100 from imaging the subject to transmitting the captured image to the server is shown in the flowchart of FIG.

Incidentally, in the flowchart of FIG.
Steps that execute the same processes as in the flowchart of FIG. 2 are denoted by the same reference numerals, and detailed description thereof will be omitted.
Here, only a configuration different from the first embodiment will be specifically described.

First, the shutter switch 512 is first depressed, and a captured image is obtained as described above.
If it is determined that the current mode of the multifunction peripheral 100 is the direct transmission mode (step S206), then it is determined whether or not the flag is “ON” (step S2).
50). This flag (determination flag) is, for example, an internal flag of the main CPU 161 of the main control unit 160, and is set to “ON” or “OFF” in an interval step of step S270 described later.
When the determination flag is “ON”,
Steps S208 to S210 are canceled, and the processing steps from the next step S212 are executed. Here, since the shutter switch 512 is first pressed, the determination flag is “OFF”. Therefore, as described above, the calling and receiving processes in steps S208 to S210 are performed, and if communication with the destination server is possible, the captured image is transmitted to the server (step S215). ).

Therefore, in the interval step of step S270, processing according to the flowchart of FIG. 5 is performed.

That is, in the main control unit 160,
First, the main CPU 161 sets a timer for a predetermined time therein (step S270), and waits while monitoring the occurrence of an interrupt in step S202 due to the depression of the shutter switch 512 (step S271). next,
The main CPU 161 determines whether or not the timer value has become “0” (step S272), and if the timer value is “0”, sets the determination flag to “OFF” (step S273). After that, the process ends. On the other hand, if the timer value has not reached “0”, the main CPU 1
61 determines whether or not an interruption due to the depression of the shutter switch 512 has occurred (step S274). If the result of this determination is that an interrupt has occurred, the main CP
U161 sets the determination flag to "ON" (step S275). After that, the process ends. If no interrupt has occurred, the process returns to step S271 to wait for an interrupt to occur.

Therefore, the first shutter switch 51
If the next shutter switch 512 is pressed within a predetermined time set in the timer in the main CPU 161 after the pressing of the button 2, the above-described processing from step S201 is executed with the determination flag being “ON”. And step S2
According to the determination in step S50, steps S208 to S21 are performed.
The outgoing and incoming call processing of 0 is canceled, and the transmission processing of the captured image from step S212 is executed as it is. When the next shutter switch 512 is pressed after a predetermined time set in the timer in the main CPU 161 has elapsed since the first press of the shutter switch 512, the determination flag is set to “OFF”, and The processing from step S201 is performed, and the first shutter switch 512
Steps S208 to S
Calling and receiving processing of 210 is executed, and the next step S
The transmission process of the captured image from the image 212 is executed.

As described above, in the present embodiment, an interval is provided for a predetermined time after transmission of a captured image is completed and until communication is disconnected. Main CPU 1 for this
Various settings can be considered for the setting of the timer in 61 depending on the application and the situation. For example, in terms of economy, generation of useless charges can be suppressed by adjusting the unit time of the network connection charge. . Therefore, FIGS. 6 (a) to 6 (c)
It shows an example of a setting screen of the above-mentioned interval. These screens are displayed on the liquid crystal display section 140 by the LCD controller 143 by the LCD monitor 141.
This is done by controlling

In FIGS. 6A to 6C, the first setting screen 311 includes an economy priority mode (ECONOMY), a practical importance mode (BUSINESS), and a manual setting mode by the user, depending on the use of the user. (USER SETTIN
G) can be selected. Here, a screen state in which the user has selected the economy priority mode (ECONOMY) is shown.

The next setting screen 312 is a screen when the economy priority mode (ECONOMY) is selected. The user confirms the table of the minimum charging seconds of the communication fee by time and area,
K "or" CANCEL "can be designated. “4” indicated by an arrow 313 in FIG.
5 ″ is the current time, the destination server and the multifunction peripheral 100
Is the minimum billing number of seconds extracted from the relative distance. In the economy priority mode (ECONOMY), the interval interval is set to this "45" seconds. When the mobile device is used for the communication function of the multifunction peripheral 100, the position of the mobile device is not constant and the relative distance to the server fluctuates. In this case, for example, the user sets a rough position in advance. deep. If PHS is used, CS
Automatically by using the position information and the like.

On the other hand, the setting screen 314 is a screen at the time of selecting the practicality emphasis mode (BUSINESS). The setting screen 314 places importance on convenience over economy and always keeps a constant interval regardless of the destination server. In addition, it is configured so that the user can set.

In the manual setting mode (USER SETTIN
At the time of selecting (G), although not shown, a screen having an intermediate form between the setting screen 312 and the setting screen 314 described above is set longer according to the user's preference, for example, in the same area. On the other hand, the setting can be made earlier for a long distance, or the setting can be changed according to the server of the transmission destination.

According to the present embodiment as described above, in the direct transmission mode, after a certain captured image has been transmitted,
When another captured image is immediately transmitted, the connection with the public network is not cut off within the above-described interval time, and thus pre-processing necessary for normal connection (recall and negotiation to the public network, negotiation, And connection processing with the destination server) can be automatically skipped. Therefore, it is possible to omit the time-consuming pre-processing of connection to the public network, which is generally time-consuming, so that image transmission can be performed efficiently. Furthermore, it is possible to prevent missed shutter chances that occur continuously.

(Third Embodiment) In the above-described first embodiment, as shown in FIG. 2, a subject is imaged by the image pickup unit 110, and the obtained image is sent to the server. In the processing up to transmission, when a transmission instruction is given in the direct transmission mode, if the radio wave condition is poor and transmission is impossible or unstable (the result of the determination in step S208 is "NG"), the color liquid crystal 143, a message indicating that communication is not possible is displayed.

Therefore, in the present embodiment, in the above case,
A captured image to be transmitted (an untransmitted image) is temporarily stored in a memory, and is returned to a photographing state without waiting for the transmission process of the untransmitted image to be completed. Automatically resend saved unsent images.
By configuring hardware and software to realize this, the user does not need to wait until the radio wave condition recovers, and it is not necessary to move to a place where the radio wave condition is good to make a call, and the radio wave Shooting is possible even before the condition is restored. In other words, the user is not obstructed by the radio wave condition, so that the user can take a picture smoothly. Hereinafter, an example of such a configuration of the present embodiment will be specifically described.

First, regarding the hardware configuration,
Although the configuration is basically the same as the configuration shown in FIG.
The capacity of the buffer memory 163 in the main control unit 160 is made larger than the capacity in the configuration of the first embodiment. In the first embodiment, the buffer memory 163 is mainly used as a work area attached to the main CPU 161. However, in the present embodiment, in addition to this, an untransmitted image is temporarily stored. This is for use as an image data buffer for storing.

Here, the reason for using the buffer memory 163 instead of the flash memory 162 as the memory for temporarily storing the untransmitted image is as follows.
This is because 63 can access at higher speed than the flash memory 162, and the time until the device is opened (returns to the shooting state) can be shortened accordingly. Also, by using the buffer memory 163 not only for image transmission but also as a simple image buffer,
This is because it is effective as a buffer for so-called quick photography.

The above description of the reason for using the buffer memory 163 is that the use of the buffer memory 163 is more preferable than the use of the flash memory 162, and the use of the flash memory 162 is of course not denied. . That is, by using the flash memory 162 having a low capacity unit price as a memory for temporarily storing untransmitted images, it takes time to store the untransmitted images, but the advantage of storing more images cannot be ignored. Here, the buffer memory 163 or the flash memory 162 is used as a memory for temporarily storing the untransmitted image, but the present invention is not limited to this. For example, a dedicated memory for temporarily storing an untransmitted image may be newly provided.

Therefore, the buffer memory 163 here
Has a configuration for each area, as shown in the memory map of FIG. 7, for example. That is, the buffer memory 163
Is large, as shown in FIG.
0 and a data area 420.

The work area 410 is a memory area used for compressing and decompressing an image as described in the first embodiment, and the basic application is the same in this embodiment.

The data area 420 is a memory area added in the present embodiment, and is a photographed image (photographed image) converted into a predetermined format in the work area 410.
Is a memory area for recording continuously and at high speed within the capacity of the memory area. Data area 420
Is further divided into a memory area 421 for storing a file management table (FAT) and the like and a memory area 422 for storing image data and the like.

For example, as shown in FIG. 8, information of each image file (captured image) is collected in the memory area 421.
2. Start address 433 and end address 43
In addition to the information of each item 4, the photographing data such as photographing resolution, shutter speed, and aperture value are specific to the image pickup apparatus.
35 are stored.

In particular, the present embodiment is characterized in that a transmission waiting flag 435a is added to each of the captured images in the area of the captured data 435. The transmission waiting flag 435a is added in the direct transmission mode, is ignored in other modes, and the processing as a normal photographing buffer is prioritized. Therefore, the transmission waiting flag 435a changes in the direct transmission mode depending on the radio wave state at the time of shooting.

FIG. 9 is a flowchart showing a process for setting the above-mentioned transmission waiting flag 435a. This setting process is executed by, for example, the main CPU 161.

First, in the processing shown in FIG. 2, if the radio wave state is NG at the time of image transmission as a result of the determination in step S208 (step S441), the captured image stored in the flash memory 162 is stored in the buffer memory 1
63 is temporarily copied to the data area 420 (step S
442). Note that this step processing is not limited to this immediately after the photographing and before the captured image is stored in the flash memory 162.

Next, in step S442, the transmission waiting flag 435a corresponding to the captured image copied to the data area 420 of the buffer memory 163 is set to "ON" (step S443).

Then, using a function of the multifunction peripheral 100 described later, the user is notified that there is an image waiting to be transmitted (untransmitted image) (step S444), and immediately returns to the normal state (step S445). .

The functions of the multifunction peripheral 100 described in step S444 include, for example, the color liquid crystal 1
A function of displaying the number of unsent images remaining on the display 43 by an icon or a function of providing an LED and blinking the LED while the unsent image remains remains conceivable.

Here, as an example, the color liquid crystal 14
A function of displaying the presence / absence of an unsent image on the icon 3 by using an icon is used. With this function, as shown in FIG. 10, two untransmitted images are displayed on the color liquid crystal 143 in the upper area 452 of the area 451 where the subject to be imaged is displayed.
Two icons indicating that there are still images are displayed.
These icons change in the state of the unsent image, and the number of icons increases as the number of images increases, or blinks when the unsent image is being transmitted to the user with a change such as blinking. Notify the status of unsent images.

As described above, here, when the radio wave condition is poor and transmission is impossible or unstable, the untransmitted image is temporarily stored in the buffer memory 163, and the transmission process of the untransmitted image is completed. Is configured to return to the shooting state without waiting, so that the user can continue shooting smoothly even when the radio wave condition is poor.

The untransmitted image once stored in the buffer memory 163 is automatically transmitted when the radio wave condition is restored.

Therefore, as described above, the communication control unit 151 monitoring the radio wave condition always exchanges information regarding the radio wave condition with the main CPU 161, and the main CPU 161 transmits the information from the communication control unit 151. Although it is determined whether communication is possible based on the information, in the present embodiment, the main CPU 161 further sets a transmission wait flag 435a provided for each of the captured images stored in the buffer memory 163. The image which is monitored and any one of the transmission waiting flags 435a is waiting for transmission (flag =
If the “ON” image remains, the transmission process as shown in FIG. 11 is automatically executed in the background when the radio wave condition becomes communicable.

In the transmission process, first, the communication control unit 15
1 checks the radio wave condition (step S461) and determines whether or not the radio wave condition has been recovered (step S46).
2) When the radio wave condition is recovered, an interrupt request is issued to the main CPU 161. If the result of the determination in step S462 shows that the radio wave condition has not yet been recovered, the radio wave condition is checked as it is.

The main CPU 161 includes a communication control unit 151
In response to the interrupt from, the above-described transmission waiting flag 435a for each captured image is checked to determine whether or not an image waiting to be transmitted (image with flag = “ON”) remains (step S463). ).

As a result of the determination in step S463, if there is no image waiting to be transmitted (image with flag = “ON”), that is, if all the transmission waiting flags 435a are “OF”
If "F", the process returns to the normal process (step S466).

On the other hand, as a result of the determination in step S463, if there is an image waiting to be transmitted (image with flag = “ON”), the main CPU 161 temporarily suspends or divides the processing executed so far. Enters the multitask mode (step S464). The multitask mode is a mode in which a transmission process of an untransmitted image is performed in parallel with a normal photographing, browsing, and other processing. Various methods for realizing this can be considered depending on the type of CPU, hardware, and software configuration.

When the transmission of the untransmitted image is completed by the processing of step S464, the main CPU 161 determines that the transmission waiting flag 435a “OF
F ". At the same time, the main CPU 1
61 executes a process of deleting one icon indicating the presence of an untransmitted image on the color liquid crystal 143 as shown in FIG. 10 from the screen (step S465).

After the processing in step S465, the processing from step S462 is executed again. That is, the processing of steps S462 to S465 is repeatedly executed until all the transmission waiting flags 435a provided for each of the captured images stored in the buffer memory 163 become "OFF".

Therefore, with the above processing configuration, the user can continue shooting regardless of the radio wave condition. Therefore, according to the present embodiment, in addition to the effect of the above-described first embodiment, an effect that convenience can be further improved can be obtained.

An object of the present invention is to supply a storage medium storing program codes of software for realizing the functions of the host and the terminal in each of the above-described embodiments to a system or an apparatus, and to provide a computer for the system or the apparatus. Needless to say, this can also be achieved by a program (or CPU or MPU) reading and executing a program code stored in a storage medium. In this case, the program code itself read from the storage medium realizes the function of each embodiment, and the storage medium storing the program code constitutes the present invention.

The storage media for supplying the program codes include ROM, floppy disk, hard disk, optical disk, magneto-optical disk, CD-ROM, and C-ROM.
DR, a magnetic tape, a nonvolatile memory card, or the like can be used.

By executing the program code read by the computer, not only the functions of the respective embodiments are realized, but also an OS or the like running on the computer based on the instructions of the program code. It goes without saying that a part or all of the actual processing is performed, and the function of each embodiment is realized by the processing.

Further, after the program code read from the storage medium is written in the memory provided in the extension function board inserted into the computer or the function extension unit connected to the computer, based on the instruction of the program code, The CPU provided in the function expansion board or function expansion unit performs part or all of the actual processing,
It goes without saying that the processing may realize the functions of the embodiments.

[0100]

As described above, according to the present invention, the imaging operation and the communication (such as wireless communication) with the designated destination are started based on the instruction of the predetermined operation from the user. . Thereby, the captured image obtained by the imaging operation is automatically transmitted to the designated destination. At this time, after a predetermined time (a certain interval) elapses after the transmission to the designated transmission destination is completed, the communication with the transmission destination is disconnected (the connection with the communication network is released).

Specifically, for example, when a user performs a predetermined operation using an operation switch, the operation mode of the apparatus is switched to a predetermined mode. When the shutter switch is pressed in the predetermined mode, the imaging of the subject is started, and a call for wireless communication with a preset destination is performed (the imaging operation and the communication operation are performed). Start at the same time). Thereby, the captured image obtained by capturing the image is automatically transmitted to the preset destination. With such a configuration, the user can immediately send a captured image obtained by shooting to a destination to which the user wants to transmit by simply performing a simple operation of switching the operation mode of the apparatus to a predetermined mode. Therefore, the user does not need to repeatedly perform operations such as selection of a transmission image, switching to a transmission mode, selection of a transmission destination, and the like every time a captured image is transmitted, unlike the related art. For this reason, even in the case of transmitting images sequentially while performing continuous image capturing, it is not necessary to temporarily stop capturing images, and it is possible to efficiently transmit captured images sequentially without missing a photo opportunity. Can be.

After the transmission of the captured image to the transmission destination is completed, the communication with the transmission destination is not interrupted but is terminated after a certain interval is provided. As a result, when the shutter switch is pressed during the certain interval, the next captured image is transmitted without going through the calling procedure again. According to such a configuration, when another captured image is transmitted immediately after transmission of one captured image, the connection with the public network is not disconnected within the above-described interval time. Pre-processing (recall and negotiation to the public network, connection processing with the destination server, etc.) required at the time of connection can be automatically skipped. Therefore, it is possible to omit the time-consuming pre-processing of connection to the public network, which is generally time-consuming, so that image transmission can be performed efficiently. This is particularly effective during continuous shooting, and can prevent missed shutter chances that occur continuously.

When the captured image is transmitted to the destination (when a transmission instruction is given), if the communication state (the radio wave state in the case of wireless transmission) is not suitable for communication, the captured image ( If it is configured to temporarily save the image (untransmitted image) in the memory, the user can operate even when the communication condition is poor.
It is not necessary to wait until the radio wave condition is restored, and it is not necessary to move to a place where the radio wave condition is good. Further, when the communication state is restored to a state suitable for communication, if the captured image once stored in the memory is automatically transmitted, the convenience is further improved. Therefore, photographing can be continued regardless of the communication state, and convenience can be further improved.

[Brief description of the drawings]

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of a multifunction peripheral to which the present invention is applied in a first embodiment.

FIG. 2 is a flowchart illustrating a process up to transmission of a captured image in the multifunction peripheral.

FIG. 3 is a diagram for explaining a screen for selecting a destination server in the MFP.

FIG. 4 is a flowchart for explaining processing up to transmission of a captured image in the multifunction peripheral in the second embodiment.

FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating details of an interval step process in the above process.

FIG. 6 is a diagram for explaining a screen for setting the interval.

FIG. 7 is a diagram illustrating a memory map of a buffer memory of the multifunction peripheral that temporarily stores a captured image when transmission of the captured image is disabled in the third embodiment.

FIG. 8 is a diagram for explaining a transmission waiting flag in the buffer memory.

FIG. 9 is a flowchart for explaining a process of setting the transmission waiting flag.

FIG. 10 is a diagram illustrating an example of a function of notifying a user that an image waiting to be transmitted exists;

FIG. 11 is a flowchart illustrating a process of automatically transmitting a captured image once stored in the buffer memory when communication becomes possible.

FIG. 12 is a diagram illustrating a conventional method for wirelessly transmitting, by a communication device, a captured image obtained by an imaging device.

FIG. 13 is a diagram illustrating a state in which a captured image is transmitted to a server by the communication device.

FIG. 14 is an external view of a multifunction peripheral of the imaging device and the communication device.

FIG. 15 is a flowchart illustrating a conventional process from when a shutter switch is pressed to when a captured image is obtained in the multifunction peripheral.

FIG. 16 is a flowchart for explaining processing from when a captured image is obtained to when the captured image is transmitted in the multifunction peripheral.

[Description of Signs] 100 MFP 110 Imaging unit 111 Lens unit 112 Image sensor (CCD) 113 CCD board 114 Camera controller 120 Image processing unit 121 Image processing CPU 122 Buffer memory 130 Peripheral unit 131 Controller 132 Switch group 133 Power supply unit 134 External Input / output unit 140 Liquid crystal display unit 141 LCD monitor 142 Backlight / Inverter 143 LCD controller 150 Communication unit 151 Communication controller 152 Communication buffer memory 153 Serial port 154 IrDA port 155 RF module 156 Antenna

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  1. An imaging unit that captures an image of a subject to obtain a captured image; an operation unit that instructs a predetermined operation; and a communication unit that communicates with a transmission destination to transmit a captured image obtained by the imaging function to the transmission destination. And a control unit for starting each operation of the imaging unit and the communication unit based on a predetermined operation being instructed by the operation unit.
  2. 2. The communication apparatus according to claim 1, wherein said communication means performs wireless communication.
  3. 3. The communication unit according to claim 1, wherein the control unit controls the communication unit so as to disconnect the communication with the transmission destination after a predetermined time has elapsed after the transmission of the captured image is completed. Communication device.
  4. 4. A storage unit for storing a captured image obtained by the imaging function, wherein the communication unit includes a detection unit that detects a communication state with the transmission destination, and the control unit includes: 2. The communication device according to claim 1, wherein the captured image is temporarily stored in the storage unit based on a detection result of the detection unit.
  5. 5. The control means, according to the detection result of the detection means, temporarily stores the captured image in the storage means when communication is impossible, and stores the captured image in the storage means when communication is possible. The communication device according to claim 4, wherein the stored captured image is transmitted by the communication unit.
  6. 6. The operation of the detection means,
    5. The communication apparatus according to claim 4, wherein control is performed to perform said operation based on a detection result of said detection means in parallel with a normal operation.
  7. 7. An image capturing apparatus having a communication function of transmitting a captured image obtained by capturing an image of a subject, comprising: an operation unit for instructing a predetermined operation; and a predetermined operation instructed by the operation unit. An imaging apparatus comprising: a control unit configured to start the imaging operation and the operation of the communication function based on the above.
  8. 8. The imaging apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the communication function performs wireless communication.
  9. 9. The communication device according to claim 7, wherein the control unit controls the communication function so as to disconnect the communication with the transmission destination after a predetermined time has elapsed after the transmission of the captured image is completed. Imaging device.
  10. 10. The image processing apparatus according to claim 1, further comprising a storage unit configured to store the captured image, wherein the communication function includes a detection unit configured to detect a communication state with a transmission destination of the captured image, and the control unit includes the detection unit. 8. The imaging apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the captured image is temporarily stored in the storage unit based on the detection result in the step (a).
  11. 11. The control means, according to the detection result of the detection means, temporarily stores the captured image in the storage means when communication is impossible, and stores the captured image in the storage means when communication becomes possible. The imaging apparatus according to claim 10, wherein the stored captured image is transmitted by the communication function.
  12. 12. The control means for performing an operation of the detecting means and a control for performing the above-mentioned operation based on a detection result by the detecting means in parallel with a normal operation. Item 11. The imaging device according to Item 10.
  13. 13. A communication system for communicating between at least a first device and a second device, wherein at least one of the first device and the second device is the communication device according to claim 1. A communication system comprising: the communication device according to any one of claims 7 to 12; and the imaging device according to any one of claims 7 to 12.
  14. 14. A computer-readable storage medium storing processing steps for transmitting a captured image obtained by capturing an image of a subject to a designated destination,
    The processing step starts an image capturing operation of the subject and a communication operation with the transmission destination based on an instruction of a predetermined operation from a user, and captures an image obtained by the image capturing operation. A storage medium comprising a step of transmitting to the transmission destination.
  15. 15. The storage medium according to claim 14, wherein the processing step further includes a step of performing wireless communication with the destination.
  16. 16. The above-mentioned processing step further comprises the step of, when a predetermined operation is instructed by the user, performing a communication disconnection with the transmission destination after a lapse of a predetermined time after the transmission of the captured image is completed. 15. The storage medium according to claim 14, comprising:
  17. 17. The processing step further includes: a detecting step of detecting a communication state with the transmission destination; and a storing step of temporarily storing the captured image in a memory based on a detection result of the detecting step. The storage medium according to claim 14, wherein:
  18. 18. The method according to claim 18, further comprising: storing the captured image in the memory when the communication state is not suitable for transmitting the captured image, based on a detection result of the detection step. According to the detection result by the step, when the communication state is restored to a state suitable for transmitting the captured image,
    Transmitting the captured image stored in the memory to the transmission destination.
    The storage medium according to the above.
  19. 19. The storage medium according to claim 17, wherein said processing step further includes a step of executing said detecting step and said storing step in parallel with a processing step for normal processing. .
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